Redditor Builds Spaceship for Son from Scrap Broadcast Equipment

Captain Finn

Redditor (and father of the year) JeremiahGorman posted these photos of a simulated spaceship he built for his son Finn’s fifth birthday. Assembled with surplus electronic components including a master control board from a television station dumpster, the spaceship’s control panel is mounted below Finn’s newly-lofted bed. Check out the gallery below for photos of the build process and Captain Finn operating his brand new spacecraft.

68 thoughts on “Redditor Builds Spaceship for Son from Scrap Broadcast Equipment

  1. This is a grass valley 300 controller. The same type as used in the death star’s firing sequence. (although yes, the death star’s one has an extra row of buttons here and there, for keying & delegation….)

    …The link is my username link.

    Source : I am a broadcast Engineer.

    1. I saw a troll GIF of the death star destroying the mayans and recognized those large throttle-like controls. Nice to know that those controls were indeed from the same deck.

  2. In a dumpster?!? I’m always on the look out for broken gear to butcher. I’m so jealous of these cool buttons and switches!

  3. It is NEVER OK to let your kid wear his hat diagonally backwards. Let alone take a picture of him like that and post it on the internet.

  4. Ha cool – I made something similar when i was a weebie.. spent a couple of years adding lights and buzzers to it. Had a photo copier as a portal window and some old audio mixing gear as buttons and levers… those T-bars are pretty cool.. wish I had found some of them!

  5. lol … the stories about a kid playing with the new spaceship dad built for him, and all the commenters ( adults, theoretically ) can do is try to out-geek each other by showing that they know what kind of long-outdated equipment it is.

    congratulations, losers, we’re all suitably non-impressed. now grow up and get a life.


  6. What a lot of (good) work and imagination, thats father love. The kid looks really happy. Congrats to both of them for having each other.

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